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Comparing Exeter Poems The Wanderer, Wife's Lament

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Within the Exeter Poems there is The Seafarer, The Wanderer, Wife’s Lament. In these three poems they have a theme about what the person that the poem revolves around. In The Seafarer he is very dissatisfied about how his life has gone. In The Wanderer there is a lot of sadness about what has happened in his life that has caused him to now to be all alone. When reading Wife’s Lament she is saddened by all that has happened to her. A common theme between all the poems is sadness whether it be because of what has happened throughout their lives or what is happening now in their lives. In the seafarer he is very discontent about how his life has been. He has spent almost all his life out on the sea, because that all he wants to do is travel. He never understood why he just always had the need to travel. Although traveling did not make him happy he always traveled. Jeffrey said it in his writing that dissatisfaction of desire for the self-satisfaction of the drive. When he states this we can see that the seafarer is sad because of traveling so much and he has no drive to do anything else with his life. The seafarer would feel much better to just be joined with god like he states at line 115 “ Fate is stronger…show more content…
In The Seafarer he is very dissatisfied about how his life has gone and did not know how to change his life for the better he was just waiting for god to take him. In The Wanderer there is a lot of sadness about what has happened in his life that has caused him to now to be all alone and how he no longer had a purpose in life. When reading Wife’s Lament she is saddened by all that has happened to her how she trusted her husband and he betrayed her. A common theme between all the poems is sadness whether it be because of what has happened throughout their lives or what is happening now in their lives that has affected them
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